Marsh Creek Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.28 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Doubletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 900 ft
380
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The trails that begin behind the restrooms are narrow at first, but widen out to doubletrack for most of the ride. Good amount of rocky descents and ascents that all are connected by rail-trail that hugs the Brandywine Creek. Network of trails allows for rides for all skill levels.

Trails that are reached by following the paved road begin at the dam. Fun singletrack on this side of the park with lots of rock strewn and rooty climbs. Bunch of fun log sections to ride with a few creek crossings. Trails on this side of the park are better suited for riders beyond beginner skill level.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Can I take my dog on the trails? -Gcn7897

A: Yes but they "should" be on leash. I see lots of people in the fields off leash and have never seen anyone get scolded or a ticket

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Granny Gear

September 24, 2016
 
Review: Awesome trails with fun obstacles!

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Gnarly


March 28, 2016
djf500 Gnarly  
 
Review: Fun place to ride though not a ton of miles. The trails aren't marked great so go with a guide or be ready to explore. There are two sides to ride. The 'lake side' is mostly smooth, fast singletrack. The 'quarry side' has some great singletrack as well but is generally steeper and with some rockier sections. Typical rides max out around 16-17 miles in 2 hours. Unless you double back & repeat trails. Perfect single speed ride imo. Decent amount of hikers & horses so bring a bike bell!

Similar Trail: Wissahickon (not as many trails though & less climbing)

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Granny Gear


March 1, 2016
mjbutleruk Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode the northern half of the trail only. The trail is pretty straight-forward with only a few short manageable ascents and no really technical sections. At one point I veered off-trail onto a make-shift heavy equipment logging trail. The mud was horrendous

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Granny Gear

July 27, 2015
One-Off Granny Gear  
 
Review: I just moved to a house about 5 miles from the park and have been loving it. There are a lot of options, the trails are well maintained but not the point of being too clean. You are likely to see horses or their poop but the riders have been nice to me and we coexist well. There are bathrooms and water but bring your own food.

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Granny Gear

July 12, 2015
 
Review: !!!park on the side that doesn't have boat rental!!!



you can bike to the dam but no farther

the reason i give marsh creek 2 stars out of 5 is because you used to be able to go passed the dam and around the whole lake (the more difficult tracks) but they stopped maintaining the trails beyond the dam this year so that part is greatly overgrown and almost unappeasable in most areas passed the dam.

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Granny Gear

June 30, 2015
 
Review: Have had a couple of very enjoyable rides out at Marsh Creek. Very similar to Nockamixon, with a little more technical challenge to keep things interesting. Some very nice flow sections, long bridges and a great teeter totter are some highlights. There is a little elevation change, but i haven't encountered any difficult or technical climbs. Not as easy as Nox to navigate as a first timer, but print a map of the trails out before heading out and you should be able to get around. This is a about an hours drive for me (center city philadelphia) and is definitely in the rotation when I'm looking for a change of pace from the Wiss

Similar Trail: Nockamixon

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Granny Gear

May 12, 2015
jmbwso76 Granny Gear  
 
Review: First mountain bike ride at Marsh Creek yesterday. Found it to be excellent. Some singletracks get a bit more technical than intermediate, but I'm new to mountain biking and just took it slow and it was a ton of fun. To find the trails I drove to the parking lot at the end of Lyndell Rd and the trailhead is at your 10 o'clock position before you turn right into the parking lot. Good luck.

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Bunny Hop

November 16, 2014
wizer Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I just got ac from my second ride. I was lucky to have run into the same person that i rode with last week(the first time i rode here). we rode the dam side of the park. This trail is very well maintained. very fast on the down hills until you get hit wit a sharp turn, wish there were berms here to maintain your speed. there are almost no rocky areas and not a ton of roots either. the climbs are steep and the switchback also ,so it makes it a challenge . there are lots of man made bridges, some are pretty long, they are always fun. they also have a titer totter to ride also. cant forget about the log walls to climb over. since i ride a 26" its fun for me. every one is nice on the trail and pays alot of respect to each other.. i like a bit more man made things but its still a awesome trail, #5 in the best trails of PA.

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Gramcounter

October 20, 2014
mhowey Gramcounter  
 
Review: Fantastic trail system with a bunch of newer singletrack, lots of nice bridges, a teeter-totter, etc...

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Trailblazer

August 20, 2014
 
Review: If you hate biking near beautiful scenery, challenging climbs with rewarding downhills, maintained hard-packed singletracks, crossing thin bridges over small ravines, well-maintained over logs, and 2-3 ft drops this place isn't for you. I rode 7 miles here for the first time today while passing through town and was pleasantly surprised. There was plenty I didn't explore but hope to soon. I was shocked how well groomed the trail was (besides the lack of markings on the other side of the dam) and there was a lot of man-made bridges (many of them very long) and other obstacles that are perfect for the intermediate rider.

Set your GPS to "Lyndell Rd, Upper Uwchlan, PA" and you'll be right outside the park (you'll just have to follow signs into the park). NOTE: This is not the Marsh Creek Park off Park Road in Downingtown (it is the same reservoir but you'll be biking by the dam). When you enter the parking lot you'll see bathrooms on your left (behind those there is apparently some easier doubletracks (according to comments below)) and a parking lot on your right. If you go to the end of the parking lot you'll see the entrance for the trail (which starts as the white trail but once you cross the dam there is little marking the trails and it will require some exploring).

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